Kirk's Panniers - ordering information and customer's builds thread

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  1. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Lowers fully welded...

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    With any luck, lids and hardware tomorrow.
  2. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    This is the gasket I will now be using on KP3 bags. It is also made by Trim-lok, just like the gasket on the KP2s. It is also a high-quality EPDM rubber.

    I had a customer with some water infiltration issues, so a redesign was in order. Post one, paragraph one I speak about being big on customer service. That's not just idle talk to me. If anyone has any issues, please let me know and I will work with you to get it sorted to your satisfaction.

    I will still use the other gasket when the lid overhangs the lower (KP2). When the lid is flush with the lower (KP3), a reverse flange will be bent in the lower, and this gasket will be used. There is nothing wrong with the other gasket - I was just using it improperly for a flush KP3 lid.

    So......


    Three recent customers stand out with a KP2 gasket on a flush KP3 lid ; Mike, Brent and Antonio. I'm doing a preemptive recall if you will. You have your choice of a 50% refund, or a new build. I will need the current bags / topbox back if you decide on a rebuild. If I have missed anyone, please pm me.



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    Joel's bags assembled and ready to mount...

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  3. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    I end up making one custom mount for the exhaust side to clear the pipe. I TIG two pieces of 1/4" aluminum angle together to form a "Z".

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    That will work just fine. I plan on using Happy Trails mounts everywhere else.

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    I'm hoping to have the bags hung tomorrow...


    Until next time.
  4. Dwreker

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    :clap:clap Wow, good for you Kirk, it is always great to have a product from a manufacturer who is customer oriented. Excellent!
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    Thanks, David!

    Yeah, hard bags that leak are pretty useless to me. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way. :D
  6. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    More BMW piccys! :freaky

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    37" on the dot overall with 10" wide bags on OEM racks. Suh-weeet!


    Order up for Joel. Ding, ding, ding!!!! :D
  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Kirk,

    I used similar seals on mine. I didn't cut the corners. Did you use any glue on the cuts?

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    So far no leaks!

    Looks like a nice set of bags.:clap

    Jim :brow
  8. kelsow

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    First real trip on my new Kirk bags.

    Simply fantastic is all I can say.

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  10. kirkster70

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    No glue was used. I've been all over Trim-Lok's site and can't see anywhere that they recommend to glue any miters. I have sent in a question to confirm, and I'm waiting on an answer back.

    In an installation video, they make no mention of glueing or sealing any joints. They do make mention that no glue is needed on their gasket like I'm using on KP2s. They also say that you shouldn't bend at a radius that has puckers in it like you did. :D

    With a reverse flange in the lower, I don't think it really matters anyway unless you plan on playing James Bond. :lol3
  11. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AWESOME PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Are you a professional photographer? If you aren't, you certainly could be!!! Very, very nice!!!

    Thank you very much for posting pics! :clap:freaky
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    No pix, but my set survived 3 days of heavy rain and then a 350 mile return trip today - 300 of which was in heavy rain and they were dry inside.
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    Good info. I'll let it go for now. If it leaks I have extra.

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    Kirk, the panniers look great, i have read the whole thread, shit looks top notch.

    as to the glue, assuming you are using a neoprene gasket, a little bit of wesuit cement works GREAT. the way you have the lowers bent, i dont think itll be an issue for leaks the way you have it done, unless they get fully submerged.

    ill have to stick to my searhose cases for the time being, but if i need a set of alloy ones, youll get my biz.
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    :clap Awesome! Thank you, Mike!!
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    Wonderful ride report!!!!! Beeeee-autiful piccys, my friend! You do have an eye for composition. Looks like some nice riding spots up your way.

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    ...and if you ever run out, I have a 500' roll. :D
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    Thanks!

    Yep, just got word back yesterday from Trim-lok.


    The gent told me that super glue can be used on seams, but it's not needed. That's what I was wanting to hear.

    And I agree 100%. With the reverse flange lower allowing the lid to overhang, there shouldn't be any issues at all.


    I'd be more than happy to build you a set when the time is right. Thanks!

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    I just got off shift, so it's time to kick it into high gear in the garage. Yes! ;)
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    Orders sheared, bent, and ready for some TIG action for Joel, Mike, Manny, and John.

    I'll be TIGging until the sun starts going down, and that's just fine by me. :D
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